The Number One Reason You Should (Do) family history blogging

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The Number One Reason You Should (Do) family history blogging

Why do Family History Blogging?

In this post, I will focus on the number ONE reason for doing family history blogging, from my point of view.

You may be just getting started on your blog posts to share your stories from genealogy research, or you may already have a blog full of posts about your ancestors. I encourage you to think about your purpose; why do family histories as a blog?

The number one reason for me is to preserve my family history in a series of short stories that will engage with family, readers and followers.

I love the planning and plotting of my blog posts as I find out more about my clans and their lives. When I do my research, I am immediately thinking about how the revelations will make good reading for my family.

In preserving my family history for the generations who come after me, I am leaving a legacy; one that spans many lifetimes. However, enabling them to read and keep up-to-date with the family history in only a few minutes; is an ideal motivation for the family.

There are many ways to leave that legacy behind. I could do family history scrapbooks, family history photo albums or digital stories, memory cards, or family history books. Some of those may appeal to you as alternative methods of ‘doing’ genealogy. But for me, I love the thrill of writing and sharing the short stories of my ancestors, together with maps and photos, documents and artifacts that I have discovered.

How to do Family History Blogging?

In my course, I refer to doing family history blogging as ‘Blogging in the Past Lane.’ A play on words that has a hidden meaning. Time is precious and I want to be able to share my ancestral stories quickly; blogging is one of the best ways to achieve that speed. In just a few steps you can post an engaging ancestral story on your blog.

  1. plan your blog post titles and content
  2. research the content for the story
  3. draft the post in Word or directly into your blog 
  4. add feature images, photos, maps etc, to illustrate the content
  5. edit and schedule your post for publication.
  6. publish your post
  7. share your post via email or on social media.
Visit my EssentialGenealogist.com blog for sample stories about my ancestors.

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